Board of Directors

Margaret Rapkoski


Margaret has worked for over twenty years in management with Human Service Organizations predominantly with people who have a  dual diagnosis (mental health/developmental/barriers to independence).  Her approach has always been person-centered and wholistic. To support wellness, Margaret created, owned and operated 'The Herbal Hub', a business where custom-tailored herbal teas were prepared for a variety of ailments.  She has paired this with her Reiki Master Certification providing Balancing Reiki Treatments to a myriad of people.

Margaret lives with a hearing impairment and wear two aids to support communication.  She initially learned about the CHHA NCR Branch when she participated in the Speechreading Course provided in the spring of 2016 and felt this was insightful and also an opportunity to meet other people and connect.

Today, Margaret works Free-lance with Service Coordination Services, Ottawa working one on one with adults and their family/circle of supports.

Continuous studies in Wholistic Therapist courses which emphasize functional/natural medicine and life coaching.

Marie-Claire Gratton


Marie-Claire is a member of CHHA in good standing since 2007 and she is motivated to make a difference in her community. She has been hard of hearing since she was 17 years old, and she received an auditory brainstem implant powered by Cochlear in 2001.

Marie-Claire pursued degrees in psychology, gerontology, social work (Master level) and public administration at the University of Ottawa. She is now working full time for the federal government. Disability rights and mental health are important to her, as she is focusing more on helping with those initiatives; she feels that working more with CHHA is a win-win solution.

Karla Wilson


Karla Wilson joined the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association as a summer student in 1993. Throughout the years, she has worked in a number of jobs within the association. Currently, Karla Wilson is the Executive Assistant for the association and currently maintains the CHHA National Office as well as provides assistance to the Executive Director, CHHA Board of Directors and the Branches and Chapters across Canada.

Karla is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Degree in Economics and Management Economics. In addition, she also holds a Diploma in Regulatory Law Administration from Algonquin College and a certificate in Effective Meeting & Event Planning. Karla currently resides in Winchester, Ontario with her husband and two sons.

Christina J. Boakye-Gyan

Christina is a fourth year student at the University of Ottawa working towards graduating with a Joint Honours Bachelor in Psychology and Linguistics. 

She is learning sign language and hopes to one day be able to become a speech reading instructor. 

Originally from Mississauga, Christina has moved to Ottawa for school.

After she finishes her undergraduate degree, Christina hopes to pursue a Masters in audiology and continue to help those with hearing loss throughout her career.